1 – Their Defense Finds Players Who Step In And Play
Online betting experts might be concerned about the Seahawks, since this team has lost cornerback Brandon Browner for the rest of the season. However, his replacements have done well in pass coverage, and with Walter Thurmond serving a suspension during the month of December, this defense has continued to play well. The Seahawks did lose this past Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, but the defense allowed just 19 points, which – in the playoffs – will probably be good enough to win. Head coach Pete Carroll has created an environment in which players know that they will get a chance to prove themselves. There’s a consistent readiness to play throughout this team, and it shows up on the defensive side of the ball even more than on the offensive side of the ball.
Sportsbook analysts could tell you that when Thurmond returns from his suspension in the playoffs, Seattle’s secondary should be ready and able to play its very best. If this defense plays the way it can, it’s going to be very tough for any opposing offense to score a lot of points on the road against the Seahawks.
2 – Seattle Will Likely Play Every Game At Home
You don’t want to overthink various issues when you use betting software. You can see that the most basic statistics should point you in the right direction. Consider Seattle’s record at home over the past two years. The Seahawks have not lost a home game in the 2012 season or the current one. They’ve won their last 14 home games, a track record that demands the utmost respect. It’s true that in the NFL playoffs, getting a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the postseason is not a guarantee of success. However, home-field advantage usually matters for one of the two Super Bowl teams. One team with a first-round bye usually makes the Super Bowl in one conference, while one wild-card team usually makes the Super Bowl in the other. New England could win at Denver in the AFC Championship Game, but the Seahawks – if they do get past the divisional playoff round – would be clear home favorites if they can make the NFC Championship Game this season.
3 – Russell Wilson
The quarterback of the Seahawks is young, but he’s mature and a stickler for details. What will really help Wilson this season is that he’s already experienced the fullness of playoff pressure. He very nearly led his team to a comeback win in the 2012 NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Atlanta Falcons, and he lost only because his defense allowed a last-minute field goal drive to Matt Ryan. Wilson should be able to play at an even higher level than what he showed last season. Improved performance should give the Seattle offense the edge it will need in the playoffs. Moreover, if Wilson can make plays – either as a runner or as a passer – defenses will then be vulnerable to the Seahawks’ rushing game, with running back Marshawn Lynch.